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Blue Jays acquire Cy Young winner Dickey in trade with Mets

NEW YORK - Eager for a new challenge and certainly a better chance to win, R.A. Dickey broke the news of his trade even before the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets.

December 17, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


GBMS boys suffer first loss of season; GBMS girls sweep

HAYS - The Great Bend Middle School eighth-grade Panthers "A" basketball team suffered their first loss of the season last Thursday at Hays Middle School.

December 17, 2012 | | Local Sports


San Francisco holds on for win over New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The San Francisco 49ers earned a playoff berth by withstanding a stunning comeback by New England from a 28-point deficit to beat the Patriots 41-34 on Sunday night in the rain.

December 17, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Chiefs offense falters in 15-0 loss to Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. - The defense dominated, the running game clicked and the Oakland Raiders finally ended up on the winning end for the first time in seven weeks.

December 17, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


‘Situation’ raises concerns at Larned, GBHS

A rumor that there might be shooting at "the high school" spread through two towns Monday afternoon. While students at Great Bend and Larned weren't sure what was going on, law enforcement officers were checking out the same information. Then students with smartphones quickly spread the word through social networks – adding a fair share of speculation. Students said it started with something posted on Facebook.

December 17, 2012 | BY SUSAN THACKER and JIM MISUNAS | News


L. Evelyn Harrison 1916 - 2012

STAFFORD - L. Evelyn Harrison, 96, died Dec. 16 at Leisure Homestead in Stafford. Born Jan. 23, 1916 at the Bethel Community in Kiowa County, she was the daughter of Lulu Wilkinson Hargadine and Walter Hargadine. After her mother died on Feb. 17, 1916 she was raised by her grandparents Alice Hollingsworth Hargadine and L. E. Hargadine. On March 14, 1932 she married Donald Ray Harrison at Hutchinson. He died on Jan. 10, 1990. Along with her husband she was the owner of Ontjes-Harrison Dry Goods Store.

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries


Esther E. Kruckenberg 1927 - 2012

Esther E. Kruckenberg, 84, Great Bend, passed away early on Sunday morning, Dec. 16 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Born on Dec. 19, 1927 in Russell, she was the daughter of Sigmund and Ernestine (Becker) Keil. The family moved to Great Bend in 1940, and she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1945. Esther was united in marriage to Lyman L. Kruckenberg on Dec. 15, 1946 in Larned, and the couple celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary the day before her death. Esther and Lyman continued to make their home in Great Bend up ...

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ray S. Schenkel 1935 - 2012

Ray S. Schenkel, 77, died Dec. 15 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 20, 1935 in Topeka, he was the son of Emil H. and Hannah (Foos) Schenkel. On Aug. 12, 1959 he married Laura Ann Steinbacher in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries


Katrina Marie Holzinger, 1990-2012

BELPRE - Katrina Marie Holzinger, 22, died Dec. 15, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born June 27, 1990 at Fort Polk, La., she was the daughter of Jonathon D. Holzinger and Deana Raye Hall. She was a longtime resident of Belpre, recently from Great Bend, she was a Detention Officer of Barton County Sheriff office, Great Bend. She was of the Christian Faith.

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries


CPHS student plays with honor band

CLAFLIN - Central Plains High School, Senior Emily Girard was selected to play with the Southwest District Honor Band.

December 17, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Hoisington debate team finishes season

HOISINGTON -In the last tournament of the season, Hoisington High School debaters Robbie Willesden and Erica Schwager went 3-2 at Pratt and earned a 10th place finish out of 32 varsity teams. They defeated two Valley Center teams and a Nickerson teams. They lost to teams from Wichita-Independent and Kingman. Abi Hurter served as the alternate.

December 17, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Theresa H. Dykes Carlson 1931-2012

Theresa H. Dykes Carlson, 81, did Dec. 16, in Salina. Born Feb. 27, 1931 at Beaver, she was the daughter of Joseph F. and Teresa (Hoffman) Hipp. On July 15, 1950, she married Billy Dykes in Great Bend. He died March 24, 1995. She then married Phil Carlson Sept. 1, 2000, in Great Bend. He survives.

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ruth W. Wynn 1925 - 2012

SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Ruth W. Wynn, 87, died Dec. 15 at Mennonite Friendship Manor in South Hutchison. Born May 31, 1925 in Chase, she was the daughter of Fred Leslie and Sara Maude Elliot Willard. In 1943 she graduated from Labette County Community High School in Altamont. On Dec. 18, 1977 she married Phillip G. Wynn Hr., in Sterling. He died on Oct. 28, 2012. Formerly of Great Bend and Ellinwood, with winters spent in McAllen, Texas, she was a receptionist at Sterling Drilling Company for 14 years.

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries


Chamber open late for last-minute gift certificate sales

This Thursday, the staff of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development will be making it easier than ever to take care of last-minute Christmas shopping by staying open until 7 p.m. to fill gift certificate orders.

December 17, 2012 | | News


County lists holiday hours

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed both Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will be closed at this same time. The Landfill will close to the public at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Christmas. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

December 17, 2012 | | News


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May 28, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Archeology Field School at High Plains prehistoric site near Hays

Between 500 and 1100 CE the treeless western Kansas plains were inhabited by people who made pottery and used spear throwers and the bow and arrow. They lived in small temporary houses with round packed-earth floors and ate deer, bison, pronghorn, fish, and small mammals. The Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association will hold the annual Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school June 5-20 at a High Plains prehistoric village site located west of Hays in Ellis County.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News


Asphalt overlay on US-281 Highway in Barton County

Starting around Friday, May 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt overlay project on US-281 Highway in Barton County, from the west US-281/K-4 junction continuing north 11 miles to the Barton/Russell County line. The purpose of this asphalt roadway surface milling and overlay project is to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and it is scheduled to be completed by the middle of July, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News


Iola May Depperschmidt 1920 - 2015

HAYS - Iola May Depperschmidt, 94, died on May 25th. She was born July 24, 1920.

May 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kelptyn Jack Graham 2011 - 2015

ENCINITAS, Calif. - Kelptyn Jack Graham lost his courageous battle with many health issues on May 25th. He was born on Jan. 26, 2011.

May 27, 2015 | | Obituaries




New pastor to be installed at First Congregational United Church of Christ

Sunday, May 31, First Congregational United Church of Christ rejoices with the installation of Julie Shields as their new pastor. For several years, Shields has ministered to members and friends with her gentle yet powerful message, that all children of God. Her installation will be part of the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Edith Guffey, United Church of Christ conference minister, will participate in the installation. All are welcome.

May 27, 2015 | | Religion


Two federal indictments involve Great Bend area

WICHITA – The indictments handed down by a federal grand jury in Wichita Wednesday included two central Kansas cases, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

May 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Rockets’ Howard won’t be suspended for Game 5 vs Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors after the NBA decided to uphold his flagrant 1 foul.

May 27, 2015 | ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Basketball Writer | AP Sports


Better than ever, LeBron leads Cavaliers into NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) - Escorted by family members and friends, LeBron James walked out of Quicken Loans Arena cradling his sleepy youngest son with his left arm while clutching an expensive bottle of champagne in his right hand.

May 27, 2015 | TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Family fishing event planned at Quivira

Celebrate the start of summer vacation with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids' Fishing Day on Saturday, June 6.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Royals bitten by Yankees’ early power surge

NEW YORK- Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

May 27, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


Hoisington man wins $150,000 with lottery scratch ticket

TOPEKA – How lucky can one guy get? In the case of Brian Batt, about $150,000 worth. That was the amount of the top prize the Hoisington resident scratched off on the $20 Extreme Crossword ticket he purchased.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Mosquito spraying starts Thursday in Great Bend

The City of Great Bend will be spraying for mosquitoes from 8 p.m. through midnight on Thursdays, starting tonight and running through July 2, weather permitting. Officials urge residents to keep their doors and windows closed during this time. Contact the Public Works Department at 620-793-4150 with any questions.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Post Memorial Day

May 27, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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